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Giants sign infielder Bill Hall in the wake of yet another injury

Jun 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Giants have signed veteran infielder Bill Hall.

Hall was released by the Astros earlier this week after batting just .224/.272/.340 across his first 158 plate appearances. He drew free agent interest from the Nationals and Orioles, but the Giants pounced quickly after watching second baseman Freddy Sanchez crumble to the ground with a dislocated shoulder on Friday night against the Reds.

The Giants are also missing third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is still recovering from hamate bone surgery, and utility infielder Mike Fontenot, who is down with a groin strain. Hall will at least give more depth to the San Francisco bench and could even make regular starts at third or second for a couple of weeks.

Hall, 31, slugged 18 home runs in just 382 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox and managed 35 home runs against an .899 OPS back in 2006 for the Brewers. The Giants will hope some of that pop remains. Houston remains on the hook for most of what remains on his one-year, $3 million contract.

  1. gogigantos - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    F. Sanchez has become a fave, for good reason
    what sucks is keeping potted plants named Tejada
    an all youth infield just might make for a great future and not just a a Western Crown,, a winning youth movement,, mm what a Giant dream that is,,,,
    damn Freddy, back soon please

    • bigdicktater - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      If you hadn’t noticed, Tejada started hitting (and fielding consistently) about one week ago.
      Let’s hope this back-to-the-wall performance continues.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    When will Sabean learn that guys like Tejada/Burrell/Huff/etc. can be great for a short burst here and there, but should never be signed on to deals expecting repeat performance.

    Dude is addicted to veterans. He needs a support group.

    • tomemos - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      In general I agree with you, but what would you have him do here? If the Giants had a hot young 2B prospect, they’d be playing him.

  3. pisano - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Good picture of Hall, flat on his ass, just as his hitting is.

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